Montgomery Plan’s annual Danna Drive will benefit Kingdom House, an agency that serves St. Louisans who live in the neighborhoods surrounding Busch Stadium.
Dan Richter, director of volunteer engagement and service learning at Kingdom House, spoke at morning assembly on September 12. He explained that Kingdom House supports this poor St. Louis neighborhood by providing services that span the generations — literally from the “womb to the tomb.” Mr. Richter showed a video that described the agency’s programs. They include
- infant care and early childhood education;
- an after-school program, summer day camp and sports and recreation activities;
- Kingdom Academy, which provides academic enrichment, social-emotional support, life skills and job readiness activities for students in grades 9 and 10;
- parenting classes, life skills training, job training, fitness classes, nutrition and cooking workshops for adults;
- a food pantry and thrift store; and
- companion services, fitness classes, nutrition and cooking workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions for seniors.
This year’s Danna Drive runs in phases through October 11.
- Burroughs is coordinating with MICDS in a collection of household supplies (cleaning supplies, laundry supplies, diapers, baby wipes, toiletries, new socks, new underwear, etc.) that Kingdom House stocks in its Bodega store for clients.
- Advisory groups will collect holiday gifts appropriate for teens.
- Volunteers will undertake a service project at the center.
- And students will raise funds for the organization through a car wash from 2 to 4 pm, on Sunday, September 25, in the front circle drive.